Poll: Is jimi hendrix's star spangled banner disrespectful?
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View poll results: Is jimi hendrix's star spangled banner disrespectful?
Yes it is
6 4%
no not at all
80 57%
Im from another country and dont care
55 39%
Voters: 141.
#1
I was asked to do the star spangled banner at a horse track thats in my town today. so was wondering if it would be disrespectful to do the Jimi Hendrix version of the star spangled banner?
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#7
its not.
but non guitarists dont like it.

so if you do it, dont go all out with crazy over the top divebombs.
#8
I don't think so, but then again, I'm not American. But even though I like the idea of doing it on guitar, I think it sounds damn horrible being so out of tune
#9
Try a Ted Nugent versian of it, complete with bow and arrow. It rocks and is in tune, not quite as legendary, but good nonetheless
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#11
well the version im doing isn't going to be exactly as Jimi did it. but its gonna keep to that template of heavy distortion and feed back. I think it would be lame to do it the exact same way Jimi did it.
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#12
No. How in the world could it possibly be disrespectful?
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#13
No, but not everyone sees it that way.

I would say not to play it, it's different to play something like that when the people didn't come there specifically to watch you play guitar. Just play it without going crazy, throw in some wah and a nice subtle vibrato, it'll turn more heads than if you Hendrix it.
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No, but not everyone sees it that way.

I would say not to play it, it's different to play something like that when the people didn't come there specifically to watch you play guitar. Just play it without going crazy, throw in some wah and a nice subtle vibrato, it'll turn more heads than if you Hendrix it.

Ok
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#16
Do it minus the sound effects that Jimi put in there. Because he did that as a statement of protest to Vietnam. So. Yeah minus the whole WOOOOOOOSH BOOOOOOOOM. And just play the thing with a nice wah. Oh. And don't hold the notes too long, that was just Jimi tripping out and losing track of time while on acid.

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#18
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I was asked to do the star spangled banner at a horse track thats in my town today. so was wondering if it would be disrespectful to do the Jimi Hendrix version of the star spangled banner?
disrespectful, maybe. inappropriate, definitely.

when the national anthem it performed as an opening to a public function, it's sung.
i believe it would be very difficult to sing to the Hendrix version.

playing it in any other context where it's just played in the middle of a set, it's not at all disrespectful. unless you suck at guitar. then it's disrespectful to Jimi.
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#19
When he did it, he performed it because he felt that it reflected the state that the country was in at the time, and that went over well with the crowd at woodstock. I say don't do it because even though that seems to be the current state of the country, the crowd you're playing for won't take it quite the same way, and they will probably find it rather annoying and less artsy than the hippies did.
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#22
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I don't get americas wierd ass views on patriotism and that, but I wouldn't say so.


Me neither. F*ck 'em if they don't like it, you can perform it any way YOU want to. Go crazy.
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#23
To be honest, there are definitely more "tasteful" versions of it. Check out Boston's version. I like it a lot.

PS To those that don't understand how it could be disrespectful. Well, just listen to it. I can definitely see how someone could take that as a mockery of the anthem. The anthem is really more than just a song. It's about a country and its people who have given everything they had to defend it.I know that sounds lame, but that's just how it is viewed.
#24
Seriously what the hell is it with Americans being so pissy about a f*cking anthem and flag that has to be folded a certain way. I seriously don't get that. You can be patriotic all you want just don't annoy people with it.
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I don't get americas wierd ass views on patriotism and that, but I wouldn't say so.

Me neither. F*ck 'em if they don't like it, you can perform it any way YOU want to. Go crazy.
spoken like a true moron. he has been invited to perform with certain expectations in mind.

you don't agree to perform at oz-fest and decide play bluegrass when you get on stage.

you don't take a gig as a stand-up comedian and read a speech about accounting techniques.

you don't do these because it's not what you're expected to provide.
it would be inappropriate.

it has nothing to do with patriotism.
it has to do with meeting expectations.
clear it with the event organizers, fine.
ambush them with it, and you're an idiot.


"F*ck 'em if they don't like it" ? No. Grow the f*ck up.
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#26
he can it be disrespectful? he covered it to show respect to America.
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#27
Yes its disrespectful. Forget SRV, Kirk Hammett, Marty Friedman, RHCP, G3 and all those other millions of guitarists who have covered Hendrix songs, when you do it, its disrespectful.
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#28
I don't think it's disrespectful, per se, but I don't recommend playing it.

For one, while not necessarily disrespectful, it's inappropriate for your setting.

Also, it's not all that pleasant to listen to, especially for a non-guitarist. The whammy moves in particular wouldn't have any meaning or value to anyone in the vicinity except for you. The whole middle section where Jimi departed from the actual melody of the anthem would just get sneers and confused, rude reactions.

Don't get me wrong - there's nothing wrong with "spicing it up" here and there. I play the Star-Spangled Banner for basketball games all the time, and my few-note runs, quick whammy bends, and perfect-fourth harmonization over the last part of the song go over very well with the crowd. But, and I cannot stress this enough, stick to the song.
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spoken like a true moron. he has been invited to perform with certain expectations in mind.

you don't agree to perform at oz-fest and decide play bluegrass when you get on stage.

you don't take a gig as a stand-up comedian and read a speech about accounting techniques.

you don't do these because it's not what you're expected to provide.
it would be inappropriate.

it has nothing to do with patriotism.
it has to do with meeting expectations.
clear it with the event organizers, fine.
ambush them with it, and you're an idiot.


"F*ck 'em if they don't like it" ? No. Grow the f*ck up.

Very well put
#32
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I don't think so...but honestly I don't think it sounds that great (although I do like Hendrix)


It's not supposed to sound great...
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